Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Sustainable Croydon
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
1. Subject to Spending Control Panel approval, to replace Temporary Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) with Experimental Croydon Healthy Neighbourhoods (CHNs) at:
a. The ‘Dalmally Road area’
b. The ‘Elmers Road area’
c. The ‘Parsons Mead area’
d. The ‘Sutherland Road area’
e. The ‘Holmesdale Road area’
f. The ‘Albert Road area’
g. The ‘Kemerton Road area’
By the making of Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) to operate for up to 18 months as detailed at Paragraph 2.7 and Appendix 4 of the Report to the Traffic Management Advisory Committee held on 11 November 2021.
2. To delegate to the Director of Sustainable Communities the authority to vary the provisions of the ETROs including the exemptions to the restrictions and the lessening of restrictions as deemed appropriate as part of the experiment.
3. Ensure that a recommendation on the future for the ETROs be brought to the Traffic Management Advisory Committee at the appropriate time if considered desirable prior to the expiry of the ETROs and in any event as soon as is practicable after 12 months of the experimental orders being in place.
4. To implement in a phased programme to be developed by officers to ensure that the Council retains the capacity to communicate with residents and respond to their concerns in relation to each area and to delegate to the Director of Sustainable Communities (having consulted with the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Croydon) the authority to determine a suitable phasing plan for implementation.
5. That a review be undertaken by or on behalf of the Director of Sustainable Communities of the visibility for all highway users of the signage for Croydon Healthy Neighbourhoods Schemes.
6. That a programme of neighbourhood streetscene and public realm improvements is developed, including engagement with local people, for Croydon Healthy Neighbourhood areas to enhance those localities and encourage greater levels of walking and cycling.
As set out in the report and the detail set out below:
The Cabinet Member for Sustainable Croydon agrees that the recommended Experimental CHNs address many of the concerns and criticisms levelled at the Temporary LTNs. The Experimental CHNs will give the Council the opportunity to monitor and evaluate the CHNs with a view to a longer term proposal in due course. In particular, the proposal takes into account the need to continue engagement with the public on this issue.
The ETROs particularly take into account the Equality Analysis and maintain exemptions required for:
· Licensed taxis
· Dial-a-Ride vehicles
· Vehicles of school staff;
· Vehicles used by care givers of sick and/or disabled residents;
· Vehicles registered by Blue Badge holders;
without unduly compromising air quality and climate change policy objectives.
On consideration of the concerns identified at TMAC and the strength of opinion expressed in relation to the Temporary LTNs, taking a phased approach to implementation appears an appropriate step. This is because it will enable the Council to implement each of the schemes whilst ensuring officer capacity to address concerns if and when they arise, whilst meeting our climate change objectives.
The options considered and rejected are:
1) Not implementing one or more CHNs
2) Implementing one or more permanent CHNs
And I adopt the reasoning as set out in the November report in this respect.
Publication date: 20/01/2022
Date of decision: 13/12/2021
Effective from: 22/12/2021